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Old 02-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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Staying motivated in college

I'm now a college freshman, I go to a local community college. First semester went pretty okay (minus Biology) but as of recently I just feel as though I have lost interest in many things. At this point I'm essentially bidding my time while I guess just working for Gen-Ed credits.

Of course the obvious motivation should be college is so that you can get a better job and have more in life, I guess I was just asking fellow students how they do it. I'm 18...and I don't really have a plan.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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as a general rule of thumb, if you are confused which major to go to, just take GE classes for 2 yrs to get an AA degree. Most CC offer counselors to see what views that you are planning in later on. Just stay for 1 year at least and again, aim for an AA degree; and you'll have a general idea later what major you'll get into later on in University.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat as you. I go to a College to get caught up in my remaining school credits, and I have too take six buses in a day (Three there, three back) just so I can get there. Because my College is in a different town. So, it takes me two hours just on one trip. Four hours in a day, just on transportation.
So, I've really lost most of my motivation too get up in the morning. I've even thought about dropping it, but then I think why bother ducking out now?
I don't quite know what to recommend other than wrap your head around, you know, actually doing it. If it's what you want to be doing, that is.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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Well as aforementioned I guess the real issue is lack of interest in anything it seems. I wanted to do something with writing but I'm not sure now so I really don't have a clue outside of that or a plan for my life even though it seems everyone else I know does.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:09 PM   #5
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I know the feels. Lost motivation to do anything myself.

People tell me to keep up with things and try I keep interest is set out when you do specific things and to have the goal I want to reach. Problem is, I don't know what my goal is, like you.
A lot of people I know are lacking motivation, and one of my friends doesn't believe it's right that ages 13 - 21 are so pressurising and has to be the time where you plan out your life and career. I don't think it's right myself, right now I just want to try a bit of everything but of course we can't because its now or never.
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I know the feels. Lost motivation to do anything myself.

People tell me to keep up with things and try I keep interest is set out when you do specific things and to have the goal I want to reach. Problem is, I don't know what my goal is, like you.
A lot of people I know are lacking motivation, and one of my friends doesn't believe it's right that ages 13 - 21 are so pressurising and has to be the time where you plan out your life and career. I don't think it's right myself, right now I just want to try a bit of everything but of course we can't because its now or never.
I'm sorry, what? How is it now or never? Certainly, by this time, we should have a general idea of what we might want to do, but we don't need to decide right this second. That's why we attend college rather than going out there right away. And even then, what's stopping us from going to where we ultimately decide to go in the future?
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I stay motivated by knowing that if I don't do well, I lose my scholarship money and can't come back. Plus, I want to move out and live on my own as fast as I can.

It's okay to not have a plan. Just keep taking General Education classes and you should be able to find what interests you as you go. :3
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I'm sorry, what? How is it now or never? Certainly, by this time, we should have a general idea of what we might want to do, but we don't need to decide right this second. That's why we attend college rather than going out there right away. And even then, what's stopping us from going to where we ultimately decide to go in the future?
Circumstances differ between people. I can't really talk about any private/personal stuff (obviously) but I can say that for JemStar she pretty much has to make up her mind before next year or it's going to be tough. I also know college is a lot different in the USA than the UK, but I'm unsure about Canada's system.

But yeah a lot of people can just decide careers and that stuff later and not necessarily as they hit college. My old Business teacher only started doing Maths at university when she was 30, after being a door to door sales person. & she's one of the smartest teachers I've met.
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I'm sorry, what? How is it now or never? Certainly, by this time, we should have a general idea of what we might want to do, but we don't need to decide right this second. That's why we attend college rather than going out there right away. And even then, what's stopping us from going to where we ultimately decide to go in the future?
It feels like its now or never. I'm sick of my dad for one telling me that I should know by now. I can't exactly afford to go to university again when I'm older if I change my mind. And no, I don't have a general idea, sorry to disappoint.
The only thing I'm decent at is art. That's some shit pay for me in the future - I can't draw on a graphics tablet, which a lot of real jobs in art require now. I don't have the patience to learn how to draw all over again either - it takes years and I'm going to university in 2014.
The other thing I like would be to go into science, and I'm not smart enough for that. I'm not saying I'm thick, I don't have the memory or brain for it.

Didn't want to explain all that and I have more to say on it but I'm jut whining now so whatever.
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It feels like its now or never. I'm sick of my dad for one telling me that I should know by now. I can't exactly afford to go to university again when I'm older if I change my mind. And no, I don't have a general idea, sorry to disappoint.
The only thing I'm decent at is art. That's some shit pay for me in the future - I can't draw on a graphics tablet, which a lot of real jobs in art require now. I don't have the patience to learn how to draw all over again either - it takes years and I'm going to university in 2014.
The other thing I like would be to go into science, and I'm not smart enough for that. I'm not saying I'm thick, I don't have the memory or brain for it.

Didn't want to explain all that and I have more to say on it but I'm jut whining now so whatever.
I see. Frankly, the only thing I enjoy doing, like you, is art. But art takes years, and years to get better at it, enough to make a career out of it, at least. But don't give up on it. I recently got a tablet myself, and It honestly doesn't take that long to get used to. All you have to do is spend time with it, and get to know how to use it. My father pressures me, too. More than you can imagine, but thankfully I don't see him all the time. All you have to do, if you're passionate of it, is too keep doing it and work your ass off until you get to that point.
However, you're both right, I don't really understand you're situation, so I shouldn't say too much, but the way I see it we aren't that different in terms of perspective. But if time is of the essence, don't rush it. But never give up on it.
I don't know what it's like in the UK, but surely, you still have your whole life ahead of you, no?
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